Cabinet of Natural History, and American Rural Sports
DOUGHTY, John and Thomas. The Cabinet of Natural History, and American Rural Sports with Illustrations. Phila.: J. and T. Doughty, 1830-1832. 1st eds. 2 Vols. 4to. vii, [i], [ii], 298, [2, index]; vii, , 292, [2, index] pp. Portrait frontises., engraved title vignettes, illus., 48 hand-colored plates. Period-style 3/4-calf and marbled boards, gilt-lettered red morocco spine labels, gilt rules on spine, T.e.gs. Portrait frontis. in Vol. One professionally restored, else a very good or better set. HOWES D-433. Reese, American Color Plate Books, 12. Bennett, p. 35. McGrath, p. 187. Gee, pp. 48-49. The first major book with colored sporting prints to be issued in the United States. "Artistically, Vol. I is much the most important, for it contains the original plates by Thos. Doughty, famous painter and founding-father of the Hudson River School"--Bennett. The Cabinet was issued in monthly parts and collected in 3 vols. "The publication ceased with Part 4 of Volume 3, and the abbreviated volume is perhaps the most difficult of all American sport items to find"--Bennett. "the colored plates are important--being the first colored sporting prints made in America. ... Many of these colored plates of animals and birds are charming, the coloring is soft, correct as to details, and all are well drawn"--Gee.